There are two verses that support this popular phrase that ministers like to use when they are being criticized.
Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.” Psalm 105:15
And he said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.” 1 Samuel 24:6
But this idea is used almost as a threat . . . “If you come against my ministry, the Lord will strike you!”
Wow. Is that even what this is saying?
The first verse is from Psalms 105 and it is talking about how God protected all the people of Israel as she wandered in the wilderness and did not allow any of the nations to destroy her. It says that God rebuked the kings for her sake.
It wasn’t that God didn’t want the kings of the other nations to not disagree or gossip about the Israelites, they were not to physically hurt them–commit a crime against them.
The second verse is about David refusing to murder the King of Israel.
It wasn’t that David had to pretend like Saul was a great leader and submit to his every decision. Obviously there was a break, a split, a division. David fled from Saul, and lived in caves while Saul hunted him down. David had a small group of men that he built a small army with. They counseled him to KILL Saul. The issue was in physically killing, in harming Saul.
David was allowed to disagree, to leave, to build.
Do We Really See This?
There was an article in Christianity Today that dealt with this issue, in an interview with a minister named Chuck Smith. Here is a quote from that article:
Other churchgoers say Calvary Chapel pastors also don’t like to be questioned. During the investigation for this article, Smith cautioned CT’s reporter: “The Lord warns, ‘Don’t touch my anointed. Do my prophet no harm.’ I think that you are trying to do harm to the work of God. I surely wouldn’t want to be in your shoes.”
Obviously the article wasn’t complimentary. And granted Christianity Today is a cesspool of ridiculous smut. But, it seems like a bit of a threat.
Now I think Chuck Smith has done a lot of wonderful things for the Kingdom of God. I do not agree with everything he teaches, but there is good fruit from his ministry.
But reality is, lately, there is also a lot of bad fruit and scandal affecting some of the affiliated churches as well–and it is making news. People have been watching and waiting to see it handled in a clear and correct way. PEOPLE ARE STILL WAITING. It has been a while.
It is fair and right to question these things, especially when they involve cases like abuse.
We cannot plead the phrase “touch not the Lord’ anointed” in these cases (we should not plead it at all).
It isn’t those who are angry at how abuse is handled that are causing the problems. You can’t blame the victims or their supporters. If Calvary Chapel wants to blame anyone for this scandal, they need to blame and discipline the abusers.
Abuse does not just affect Calvary Chapels it is in every denomination, and could happen in any church. What really matters is trying your hardest to prevent it, and if worse comes to worse dealing with it as severely as any other crime.
Another example of this phrase being used, is the quote below. Someone wrote this on an online forum regarding David Wilkerson:
I’ve always liked David Wilkerson but could his speaking against Benny Hinn have something to do with his violent death? God said touch not my anointed! King David understood this truth and would not touch Saul even though he was trying to kill him!
This one really cracks me up. Essentially God killed David Wilkerson (a true prophet of God) for speaking against Benny Hinn (a false prophet). Uhm. NO! How horrible is this!
But this is what people think.
This is what people are taught to think, by ministers that do not like being questioned.
God is going to kill you if you speak against something you feel is wrong.
David Wilkerson addressed this attitude in Benny Hinn. He rebuked him after Benny Hinn placed a curse on anyone who would come against his ministry. Listen to him in the video below (ignore the piano at the very beginning). You can’t curse people who don’t like you!!!
This is horrible.
David Wilkerson did not die because of Benny Hinn’s curse (or claimed anointing).
Benny Hinn’s ministry is already cursed; it is unbiblical, so the Lord is against it.
Why A Pastor Should Never Say “Touch Not The Lord’s Anointed”
We are called to SHARE in the Sufferings of Christ.
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps” 1 Peter 2:21
“Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.” John 15:20
“And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 10:22
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12
So if you are truly anointed, innocent, and the victim of slander, betrayal or harm–it will be okay. You will have a special fellowship with Christ as He leads you through it and He will bless you for enduring it in a godly way.
So What Does It Teach Us When People Hurt Us Or Come Against Our Ministry?
Well, it teaches us more of Christ. We can share in the suffering and realize that as much as this situation feels difficult, the Lord understands exactly what this rejection feels like and more so.
It also teaches us to be humble. Those with the gift of teaching and prophesy can sometimes feel a little too important in their own eyes. The Lord uses the pain of rejection or criticism to soften us to our own ego.
It teaches us to love like He does. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful,just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:32-36)
It reminds us, that we must seek to please the Lord and not men. And that is a high calling. While men may misjudge us. The Lord is right when He judges us–when He looks into our hearts and sees our wrong motives, emotions, ideas. Who can stand? It is by His grace. So let us be thankful for the misunderstood judgment of man–it might be wrong or unfair. But if they knew the truth about us, it would be worse.
As Christian We Have Been Baptized Into Christ’s Death and Suffering
We are not above rejection or conflict.
God will use rejection and conflict.
But we should never use a verse, taken out of context, as a threat to prevent rejection and conflict.
That is manipulative, prideful, and wrong.
A better passage would be,
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God is for us.
He deals with us when we are wrong,
He encourage us when we are discouraged.
He forgives us when we confess and repent.
People may reject us an cast us away when we mess up.
But God won’t.
He longs to work in our lives once again.
He isn’t necessarily going to massacre those whom we have problems with,
and that is good.
Maybe God is for them too, and is just waiting for another chance to correct, encourage, forgive and lift up them as well . . .